6 Interesting Tips About Graduation Ceremony in Japan!

6 Interesting Tips About Graduation Ceremony in Japan!

In Japan, spring is a time of farewell and encounter. I’m a Japanese and today I’ll introduce some topics about one of life’s big events, graduation ceremony in Japan.



 

6 Interesting Tips About Graduation Ceremony in Japan!

 

1. Graduation season

In Japan, the school year ends in March and begins in April. For this reason, many schools have their graduation ceremonies in March. We associate loneliness of saying goodbye and hope for new start with March.

 

2. What do we wear on the day?

On the day of graduation, the majority of junior high and high school students wear their school uniform. Meanwhile, men wear suit and women dress in Japanese traditional clothing for the university’s graduation ceremony. Generally, women wear Hakama when they graduate from their bachelor’s degree and dress in Furisode when they graduate from their master’s degree. If you would like to try wearing Hakama or Furisode in Japan, you can find many shops offering rental plans and enjoy choosing your favorite one from various colors and patterns.

 

3. The program of the ceremony

The program of the ceremony varies among schools but many ceremonies start with an opening address and singing of the national anthem and the school song. The school principal and some guests give congratulatory speeches, and graduates are presented their diploma. The program also includes graduation oath, speeches from current students, chorus of graduation songs and the closing address.

 

4. Graduation songs

There are some traditional graduation songs like “Hotaru no hikari” and “Aogeba toutoshi” in Japan. “Hotaru no hikari” is the farewell song and its melody is same as the Scottish folk song, “Auld Lang Syne.” “Aogeba toutoshi” is the song to express their gratitude to teachers. There are also new standard songs such as “Tabidachinohini” these days. These songs always remind us of our school days with friends.

 

5. Thank-you and Farewell party

In Japan, we don’t have proms but we do have farewell and thank you parties. Teachers and students practice some entertainments like song, dance and magic for the party. Graduates have a good time and take tons of photos with their friends and teachers!

 

6. 2nd button

Graduation day is the great opportunity to confess your feeling for someone very precious to you or the one you have a crush on. In Japan, there is a traditional event that graduating boys give their 2nd button (because it’s closest to their heart) of their school jacket to their loved one as a memento. These days, it’s not always “2nd button” but boys give a keepsake such as a tie and a school badge.

 

Conclusion

Is there big difference between the graduation ceremony in your country and that in Japan? Please let us know about the graduation ceremony in your country, too!

 

6 Interesting Tips About Graduation Ceremony in Japan!

1. Graduation season
2. What do we wear on the day?
3. The program of the ceremony
4. Graduation songs
5. Thank-you and Farewell party
6. 2nd button